Phone: 734-994-1976 x31581
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music, Western Michigan University, Music Education Master of Music, University of Michigan, Wind Instruments Performance specializing in woodwinds Specialist in Music, University of Michigan, Flute Performance
6th, 7th and 8th grade Band
My name is Deborah Katz. Along with my colleague Jay MacArthur, I teach 6th - 8th grade band for about half of my teaching assignment. This year I will also be assisting Ms. Alwin with the 7th grade orchestra class! I also teach beginning woodwind, brass and percussion instruments to 5th graders in the Clague cluster. I have been working in public education since 1975!. I came to Ann Arbor in 1989.
Although I can play all of the band instruments a bit, my principal instrument is the flute. I first started learning to play the flute in fourth grade at Green Elementary School in West Bloomfield, Michigan. I loved the sound of the flute and was determined to learn to play it. Learning an instrument wasn't easy and it took me about 6 weeks to get a sound on my flute, but persistence paid off and now, over 50 years later, I still love playing the flute. During my senior year of high school a new band director was hired and she was a woman! (Surprisingly, there were almost NO WOMEN teaching instrumental music back in the 1970's.) This is when I realized I would like to be a music educator myself.
During my career I have taught elementary general music and 5th - 12th grade band in "the Thumb," West Bloomfield Schools, Berkley School District, and most recently in Ann Arbor. I have also worked as the Coordinator of Music Education for AAPS and as the Coordinator of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Technology and Computing Center! I am a bit of a techie and I enjoy finding ways to use computer technology in my instrumental music classes.
In my personal time, I love playing the flute, reading books, and riding my bike along the Little Traverse Wheelway in northern Michigan. My husband Ralph is a wonderful clarinetist with a day job in computer network support and we have two grown daughters who learned to enjoy music in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Our older daughter, Ms. Rachel Katz, now works as a TA at Clague and our younger daughter coaches high school rowing in Delaware. I love my job teaching instrumental music at King, Logan, and Clague. I look forward to helping students discover the joy of playing an instrument for themselves every year!